Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Environmental Assessment and Management

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8418
Degree Programme Class LM-75 - Environmental and land sciences
Years in which the programme is being held

1st and 2nd year

Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Curricula International Curriculum Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA)
Place of teaching Ravenna
Degree Type Only few courses provide joint degree
Inter-University programme UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ - CADIZ , UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE - FARO
Type Course with one or more international curricula
Degree Programme Director Enrico Dinelli
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian,English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

To be able to profitably follow the 2nd cycle degree programme in Environmental Assessment and Management, students must possess appropriate knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, earth sciences at university level, and in particular:
- basic knowledge of mathematics in the fields of mathematical analysis and linear algebra;
- basic knowledge of physics in the fields of thermodynamic, mechanics and electromagnetism;
- basic knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry;
- basic knowledge of the field of cellular biology, zoology and botany;
- basic knowledge of earth sciences in the fields of geology and the description of the earth's surface;
- basic knowledge of ecology.
Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the possession of the following curricular requirements:
1. A 1st cycle degree in one of the following classes, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad:
ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270/04:
L-32 Sciences and Technologies for Nature and the Environment under Italian Ministerial Decree no. 509/99:
27 - Sciences and Technologies for Nature and the Environment
Previous degree programme system: Environmental Sciences Natural Sciences
2. At least 54 CFU in one or more of the following subject areas:
Mathematics and statistics: MAT/01-09, INF/01, ING-INF/05,SECS-S/01-02 at least 9 CFU
Physics: FIS/01-08 at least 6 CFU
Chemistry: CHIM/01/02/03/06/12 at least 9 CFU
Biology: BIO/01-19 (excluding BIO/03/07) at least 12 CFU
Ecology: BIO/03/07 at least 6 CFU
Earth Sciences: GEO/01-12 at least 12 CFU
Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the possession of the described curricular requirements and the assessment of the students' personal knowledge, based on their curriculum, which may be followed by an interview, the methods, criteria and procedures of which will be set by the Degree Programme Board and published in advance on the University portal.
If no degree or credits mentioned in point 2 have been obtained, admission to a 2nd Cycle Degree Programme is subject to the demonstration of the required skills and knowledge, assessed by a Board based on the analysis of the CV and an interview, the methods, criteria and procedures of which will be set by the Degree Programme Board and published on the University portal. If the Board considers the level of the students' knowledge, competences and skills to be satisfactory, they will be allowed to enrol in the 2nd cycle degree programme in Environmental Assessment and Management.
ACCESS TO THE WACOMA CURRICULUM
Admission requirements for the Erasmus Mundus WACOMA curriculum: This curriculum is governed entirely by the Consortium Agreement signed between the University of Bologna and the Partner Universities of the Consortium. The criteria and admission methods are described in detail in the international call for applications published on the Wacoma Programme website, also refer to the University of Bologna portal at
http://corsi.unibo.it/magistrale/analisigestioneambiente/Pagine/default.aspx http://corsi.unibo.it/2cycle/WACOMA/Pages/default.aspx
The call for applications for an EU study grant usually close in November or December each year, for the AY beginning in September of the following year. Students may also enrol without submitting an application for this call, at their own expense or with a study grant obtained elsewhere (e.g. own Government, Foundations, other Funding Bodies). In this case they may submit the same documentation listed in the call for applications by the following June; the application will be assessed by a special international board established in due time, prior to the start of lessons (September).

Programme profile

In addition to the general outcomes of 2nd cycle Degree Programmes in class LM-75, the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme in Environmental Assessment and Management trains experts with the environmental assessment skills and knowledge required to address and support the operative choices made by stakeholders to correctly manage the relationship between human activities and the environmental context. These experts - Environmental Analyst, Environmental Officer, Environmental Assessor, Environmental Researcher - will be able to work, also in management positions, in public and private companies, bodies and laboratories, in the field of environmental research, assessment, monitoring and management, supporting environmental decision-making in an interdisciplinary context. The main activities may include:, 1) drafing of projects for the assessment and mitigation/correction of risks, transformation and impacts of human activity; 2) coordination of company activities to obtain and maintain quality-control systems (ISO 9001) and environmental management systems (ISO14001, EMAS, etc.); 3) advanced consulting in the environmental field for investigations into pollution, the design and management of monitoring networks, applications for authorisations and environmental impact assessments; 4) coordination of research and monitoring programmes; 5) operational and managerial tasks in authorisation and monitoring bodies; 6) promotion of public initiatives to prevent environmental damage in the management of protected areas; 7) dissemination of the concepts of sustainability and environmental safeguarding through environmental education projects.
This 2nd cycle degree programme runs an Italian and an international curriculum, one addressing the environment as a whole and the other focusing specifically on water and coastal environments, providing students with specific competences and in-depth knowledge of the problems linked to: ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, WATER AND COASTAL ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT
In these fields, particularly in ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS, students will learn evaluation methods for assessing environmental quality, impacts and risks produced by human activity; current national and supranational environmental legislation; monitoring and control actions and techniques; complex data processing methods of assessing, the problems linked to the sustainable use of resources; the effects of human activity on ecological systems and climate; the ability to assess the most appropriate technique to solve a practical problem in the fields of research, industrial and applied research, activities concerning the problems of industrial and environmental hygiene and quality certification; competences in the most recent instrumental techniques and the ability to critically assess quality parameters. Environmental parameter measurement will be supported by familiarity with state of the art techniques for managing complex matrices (industrial, food, biological, environmental), for which knowledge of geographical information systems and data processing programmes is essential.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT - knowledge of environmental management systems (EMAS, ISO14000 etc.) oriented to environmental performance, environmental management information instruments, territorial management models, with applications aimed at supporting decision-making, facilitating public participation and access to environmental information, energy savings, sustainability, territorial management strategies. These competencies are acquired through the practical study of legislation, economics, impact assessment, use of physical and economic indicators, knowledge of energy resources and environmental risk factors, and the continuing study of these disciplines.
WATER AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT ability to integrate multidisciplinary knowledge in the water and coastal field; knowledge of environmental and legal aspects of international directives, also in new and emerging fields; knowledge of environmental impacts and risks produced by human activity; knowledge of planning and decision-making for water and coastal management; ability to assess scenario forecasts; understanding and participation in the definition of political and managerial environmental strategies; ability to perform investigations, studies and programming of water and coastal environments; ability to work in an international context. The underlying contents are delivered mainly through the International curriculum in WAter and COastal MAnagement (WACOMA), although the study plan can also be based on the Italian curriculum, by selecting specific elective course units. The programme includes learning activities in two countries, Italy and Spain, with international teachers, and shall be completed by a mandatory research period (of up to one year) spent in at least one university in a Partner country of the Erasmus Mundus Wacoma Consortium, offering extensive cultural enrichment in a variety of contexts and relations. Students from both curricula (Italian and Erasmus Mundus) may also produce their dissertation outside of the university environment. Students interested in doing so are facilitated and supported by the Degree Programme which has or can establish a number of agreements for this purpose. The dissertation, produced in a public research body or company in Italy or abroad, or at a foreign university, is performed under the responsibility of a supervisor from the host structure and a member of the Degree Programme teaching staff.

More information

There are a number of scholarships for funding international mobility for students to prepare theses abroad.


Curricula

International Curriculum Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA)

Expected learning outcomes


Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYST (environmental assessment and monitoring)
function in a professional context:
ROLE
Professional environmental analysts - experts in environmental assessment and monitoring, are able to acquire chemical, physical and biological environmental data in different matrices (air, water, soil, sediment, etc.) in the field or in the laboratory, and have the capacity of designing and planning the monitoring activities. They may also provide consultancy based on environmental data analysis. The activities may be performed in both the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally, also in a freelance capacity.
FUNCTIONS
A wide range of functions in diversified environmental compartments and with different objectives. E.g.:
- Design and implementation of spatial analyses of environmental data;
- Monitoring and analysis of environmental pollution, organisation of safety measures and reclamation activities, etc.;
- Environmental assessments and drafting of technical reports;
- Monitoring and control of disinfestation activities;
- Analysis and monitoring of coastal environments;
- Control of protected marine areas;
- deep sea surveys;
- Project coordination, planning and drafting of technical specifications (e.g. for territorial information systems);
- Advisory services for public administrations;
- Environmental auditing;
- Technical consulting on noise, atmospheric pollution, etc.;
- Consulting on safety matters in line with applicable laws;
- Environmental assessment of plans and programmes;
- Consulting and production of environmental impact assessments;
- Consulting and production of strategic environmental assessments.
To acquire greater autonomy and responsibility in the performance of some of the listed activities and functions, lifelong learning in legislative and technological fields is required.
competencies associated to the function:
Environmental assessment and monitoring experts must possess the following competencies and skills:
- Appropriate use of advanced methodologies;
- organization of field surveys;
- Use of geographical information systems;
- Statistical processing of the acquired results;
- Assessment of the best sampling options in space and time;
- Assessment of the best analytical methodologies available.
In addition to the above competences, experts will have:
- Autonomy, initiative, intuition and integration skills;
- Knowledge of socio-economic and legal aspects;
- An inclination for lifelong learning;
- Strong organisational skills;
- Ability to coordinate activities and people;
- Ability to work in an international context.
They are also able to work in interdisciplinary teams and liaise and interact with other graduates in law, statistics, economics, business, engineering, biology, geology, chemistry, etc.
career opportunities:
- Environmental prevention, protection and control agencies (e.g.: ARPA, Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), ENEA, etc.)
- Companies in different and possibly highly internationalised sectors: energy; industrial chemistry, etc.
- Consulting firms; freelance activities

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSOR, performing environmental management activities supporting decision-making function in a professional context:
ROLE
Environmental assessors, experts in environmental management to support decision-making, innovatively address the management of environmental issues (impact, improvements, quality/safety/environmental management systems, etc.) in private companies or as consultants
FUNCTIONS
Environmental management experts supporting decision-making may perform the following functions:
- Implementation and responsibility for the company's quality, safety and environmental management systems;
- Identification of improvements and resolution of environmental problems;
- Review of the acquisition of goods and services according to their impact on the environment and life cycle analysis;
- Management of environmental data collection systems;
- Use of decision support systems and models;
- Evaluation of environmental impacts;
- Implementation of Strategic Environmental Analyses.
To acquire greater autonomy and responsibility in the performance of some of the listed activities and functions, lifelong learning in legislative fields is required.
competencies associated to the function:
Environmental assessors require the following competences and skills:
- Use of the best methodologies available;
- Drafting of the company functions chart;
- Assessment of the company's environmental aspects;
- Assessment of the company's statutory environmental compliance;
- Assessment of the impacts of activities and services.
They are also able to work in interdisciplinary teams and liaise and interact with other graduates in private businesses, with company management staff, Environment and Safety Directors, Engineers, Chemists and diplomats; in consulting firms, with graduates in Environmental, Chemical, Biological and Engineering Sciences, in technical teams often supported by legal experts.
career opportunities:
PHYSICAL WORK PLACES
- Companies working in all sectors.
- Universities, Research bodies, Prevention, Protection and Control agencies (e.g: ARPA, Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), ENEA, etc.)

ENVIRONMENT OFFICER
function in a professional context:
ROLE
Environmental Officers work in policies for sustainable development, consulting on environmental management systems and local Agenda 21 processes, environmental accounting, environmental integration of structural funds; investigation, control and supervision of municipal waste management services, environmental monitoring.
FUNCTIONS
Environmental Officers may perform the following activities:
- Implementation of investigations and provision of opinions on emissions into the air, water and soil;
- Implementation of inspections, provision of information to the public and drafting of local environmental reports;
- Consulting for the establishment of a Territorial Information System (TIS);
- Implementation of Strategic Environmental Analyses;
- Provision of opinions on environmental impact assessments;
- Technical assistance to integrate environmental components into local authority plans and programmes.
competencies associated to the function:
Environmental officers require the following competences and skills:
- Use of the best methodologies available;
- Understanding and drafting of territorial plans and programmes;
- Assessment of the local environmental aspects;
- Assessment of the local authority's statutory environmental compliance;
- Assessment of the impacts of activities and services.
They are also able to work in interdisciplinary groups and liaise and interact with other figures. In public authorities, they work in direct contact with management staff and other technical staff, including economists, lawyers, engineers, environmental informers, forestry science graduates, biologists, chemists, graduates in political science, architects and surveyors.
career opportunities:
PHYSICAL WORK PLACES
- Local Authorities, Environmental prevention, protection and control agencies (e.g.: ARPA, Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), ENEA, etc.)

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHER
function in a professional context:
ROLE
Environmental researchers innovatively manage research works in different fields, from chemistry to geology, from biology to physics, from an environmental perspective, offering the added value of the interdisciplinary vision acquired during training. They study new analytical, synthesis and transformation processes applied to raw materials, for example to obtain new products useful with a view to environmental protection. Research may be performed in universities, public research centres or private laboratories. The skills required for these purposes are usually acquired through the experience gained during the production of an experimental dissertation or in PhD programmes, which are fundamental for working internationally in this field.
FUNCTIONS
Environmental researchers perform the following functions:
- Design of innovative processes for the acquisition of goods and services also according to their impact on the environment and life cycle assessment;
- Analysis of environmental matrices using advanced methods and innovative criteria;
- Identification of improvements and resolution of environmental problems starting from scaled-down projects in the laboratory, which may then be extended to full scale;
- Design and experimentation of environmental monitoring actions, incorporating knowledge of various biotic and abiotic disciplines.
In both the public and private sector, graduates may work in research and process activities. They may work in all permitted levels of university.
competencies associated to the function:
Environmental researchers must possess the following competencies and skills:
- Ability to analyse scientific literature critically, extrapolating the aspects requiring further investigation;
- Choice of the most appropriate and performing methods to achieve the expected outcomes;
- Use and integration of all knowledge acquired in an environmental perspective;
- Design and implementation of innovative and sustainable experimental activities;
- Ability to optimise activities applying statistical methods in both research and development;
- Ability to assess the best analytical technique or process, optimising their application.
In addition to the above competences, environmental researchers will have:
- Autonomy, initiative, intuition and integration skills;
- Scientific rigour and knowledge of socio-economic and legal aspects;
- Group working skills and strong communication skills;
- Inclination and curiosity for lifelong learning of knowledge and techniques;
- Strong organisational and time management skills;
- Ability to liaise and interact with experts from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds;
- Ability to work in an international context.
career opportunities:
- Companies in different and possibly highly internationalised sectors: energy; industrial chemistry, etc.
- Universities, Research bodies, Prevention, Protection and Control agencies (e.g: ARPA, Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), ENEA, etc.)
- Industrial and applied research centres.